Possible Objections to Harrod

Possible Objections to Harrod - '(1)Doesonewantone'...

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Possible Objections to Harrod's Approach to the Justification of Memory Beliefs (1) Does one want one's justification of memory beliefs to presuppose a certain thesis about the  nature of sensory experience - namely, that it involves a specious present? One might think that  this is harmless, on the ground that the existence of a specious present is an undeniable  phenomenological fact. But I want to suggest that there are two things here that are problematic.  There first, and the less serious, is this. Even if it is a fact about one's experience that it involves a  specious present, would it be acceptable if it were the case that if  one's experience were instead  instantaneous, one would not be able to justify any memory claims? That is to say, if one's  experiences were not of the specious present variety, but one still had essentially the same  memories - except for the fact that those memories were instead of instantaneous experiences -  would it be plausible that one could not then show that one had any justified beliefs about the  past? If that is not plausible, the conclusion is at least that there must be some other way of justifying  memory beliefs. This, of course, does not show that there is anything wrong with the method 
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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